Today in News

Today in news:

  • Don’t talk crap about your boss to Rolling Stone, you will get fired. Re: General McChrystal “It was a 10-minute photo op,” says an adviser to McChrystal. “Obama clearly didn’t know anything about him, who he was. Here’s the guy who’s going to run his fucking war, but he didn’t seem very engaged. The Boss was pretty disappointed.” Good judgment, General.
  • BP is still the worst.
  • There was a 5.0 earthquake up north in Canada, further convincing me that the world is ending. My friend felt it in Boston, and Jenn’s family probably felt it at home. That reminds me, time to get prepared for hurricanes.
  • USA WINS! They’re moving on to the next round and playing Saturday against Ghana at 2:30 ET. There are a lot of attractive men so maybe that will lure you to your television to support the US? See more of Interview Magazine’s lovely shirtless photos of our team here.

Douchelord of the Day

Oh heyyy Lori Michaels! Today you get the highest honor even though you deserved it on Monday (I’m behind, too much Mad Men marathoning).

I almost had to do a repeat offender and recrown Danielle Staub as my Douchelord of the Day, but I refrained. Instead, I decided to take the higher route and blame Lori Michaels for this latest Danielle mess. I don’t know what rock Lori has been hiding under for the past week, because I personally know that Danielle’s crooked boobs are everywhere on the internet/television, she is a terrible mom who treats her kids like friends, she rolls deep with thugs, and is generally a red flag waving type of disillusioned crazy. She is the leader of crazytown! So why why why would Lori Michaels want anything to do with her? I just don’t get it. You have to be a douchelord to pair up with her and write a song about being close and then sing it on Andy’s show (how much booze did he need to get through this episode?) live.  My favorite moment was when the camera panned away from the uncomfortably close duet to Andy’s face… priceless! Lori, if you don’t want to be a douchelord, stay away from this attention loving fake lesbian who has been engaged more times than she’s had her boobs adjusted which is possibly weirder than her “McDonald’s arches eyebrows” (Chelsea Handler). Do what’s best for yourself and your career, Lori, and I can assure you this has nothing to do with Danielle Staub. Please watch the lovely video here and let me know what you think.

xoxo Whitney J. Manson

Hanson is kind of rad years later, were you aware? Listen to their cover of “Furry Walls” from Get Him to the Greek here! And, in case you are interested in some great/hilarious rock you can get the whole Infant Sorrows CD on iTunes now.

Don’t Take Life Too Seriously.

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If you speak sarcasm, you will definitely appreciate the comments on this blog post. Also, Lara’s blog cLARAfications in general is absolutely hilarious so read it all the time. I do.

Arroz Con Pollo

As a person new to Miami, I am also pretty new to Cuban food. I’d never had it and I’d definitely never made any of it before I came here. Two popular things that I really like are Cuban sandwiches and Arroz Con Pollo.

Arroz Con Pollo is just as it is translated- Chicken with rice. Marinate a whole, cleaned chicken that you’ve cut into eight pieces in a rub of 1 tsp oregano, 1 tsp cumin, , 1/2 tsp ground white pepper, and 1 tbsp red wine vinegar. In a casserole dish, brown the chicken all at once in two tablespoons olive oil for two minutes on each side. Set the chicken aside and drain all but two tablespoons of fat. Add one small chopped onion, one diced red bell pepper, three minced cloves of garlic, and heat it all until soft. Then add a diced tomato into this mixture. Return the chicken to this and cook for two more minutes.

Add three cups of water, a cup of beer, 1 tablespoon of tomato paste, 2 tsp of annatto oil, and bring it all to a boil. Simmer it for thirty minutes. While the chicken is cooking, place 1/2 tsp of annatto seeds in small saucepan with 1/4 cup of the chicken cooking liquid. Simmer for about 5 minutes. Strain mixture back into the chicken.

Wash one pound of Valencia rice, and add it to the chicken mixture once you bring it to a boil. Add rice and reduce the heat and simmer for 20- 25 minutes. Right before you serve it, mix in some sliced red pimentos and a can of green peas.

See, you can make Cuban food for your family too!

-Whitney J. Manson

Find Your Next Sundress

I learned today that dark jeans in summer are never a good choice. I don’t know why it took me so long to realize this, but as I sat in my car driving home hot and sad, it hit me. If I buy more dresses, the less I will have to suffer through this new climate to which I am unaccustomed! So here is my new routine: sundresses and sandals. Bright colors, blacks, floral prints, and yellows are must-haves this season. Here are some I’ve found at Nordstrom’s BP department. I don’t always look hard in there, but this time I found a ton of stuff there, especially in the Mimi Chica dresses.

The Mimi Chica Ruffle Dress comes in just about every color you could ever imagine and also floral patterns. The best thing about this dress is that it can be dressed up or down. The funniest part about this is that I bought a black one and a blue one, and when my lifelong friend Katie came to visit, she picked me up wearing the floral version! She also has the black one. It is the type of dress that looks good on all kinds of bodies. Its neckline is a slight V-shape with loose ruffles, the straps adjust, there’s pockets, the skirt is loose and flowy, and the waist is fitted with elastic so it doesn’t look like a potato sack. Katie has this one:

Adorbs and perfect to beat the heat, right?

Another Mimi Chica dress I like has a square neckline. The ruffles are bigger but not overdone and there is still elastic at the waist: Another great summer find!

Shop these styles and more at Nordstrom for the sundress that suits you best.

Blitzen Trapper

Be sure to go buy the new Blitzen Trapper album Destroyer of the Void. I adored their last album, Furr, for their unique sound and catchy tunes. My favorite on that album is definitely “Black River Killer”. Their music at some points sounds older because you can hear the influence of Bob Dylan, Nick Drake, The Beatles, The Band, and Neil Young all combined somehow? Their influences really do range from about 1960 to now. They all hail originally from Portland, Oregon, and work altogether on their music. I love their laid back type of folk/rock tunes that people across all generations can appreciate. Their music is perfect for a day at the beach, a day at work, and here’s a good selling point- my parents even like them. They tell stories through their poetry that’s lightly handled over the casual and sometimes bluesy tones. Give them a listen and let me know what you think!

Watch them TONIGHT on Jimmy Kimmel!

SYTYCD Recap 1

I loved last night’s episode. My how some of the guys blew me away…

  1. Billy Bell and Lauren Gottlieb: While high energy and adorable, this dance to “Footloose” was honestly largely forgettable. I love Lauren and it’s great to see her back, but Billy just doesn’t seem too Broadway baby to me.
  2. Christina Santana and Mark Kanemura: It is great to see Mark back! He was better than ever and, per usual, perfectly in tune for Sonya’s quirky choreography. Christina is a salsa dancer, so watching her pushed totally out of her element was impressive, but I wasn’t blown away by it. I thought it could’ve been a little better.
  3. Jose Ruiz and Comfort Fedoke: They performed a NappyTabs routine to Ne-Yo, and I was underwhelmed again. The footwork was great and they worked well together.
  4. Adechike Torbert and Kathryn McCormick: Hello miss Kathryn– sexpot!!! They were dancing out his fantasy at work, with her as his secretary and an Ikea desk as a prop. She played the part so well that he kind of just became background noise to me. His technique was great, but I didn’t think he emoted enough of what the piece demanded of him. And while I love the choreographer, Travis Wall, why is he wearing a girl’s necklace?
  5. Melinda Sullivan and Pasha: Ballroom dance #1!! They performed the jive, and it was semi-okay, but she was so cheesy that it became tacky, but it also kept me from noticing her improper posture too much. She could definitely be in trouble tonight.
  6. Alex Wong and Allison Holker: Alex is a member of the Miami City Ballet, and they didn’t want him to leave for the show. I can see why he wanted to leave (cause he is a-maz-ing) and why they didn’t want to part with him (cause he is a-maz-ing). Last night he really stood out to me because he had it all in this best performance of the evening. Sonya’s choreography to “Hallelujah” by Jeff Buckley was touching, and he and Allison built the correct chemistry and emotion with their perfect technique to make this piece stellar. The judges cried, I got chills, and there is no way Alex is getting sent home after that. Allison has grown up significantly as a dancer, and it was great to see her back four years later!
  7. Alexie Agdeppa and Twitch Boss: They did a NappyTabs dance as well, and this time to a Jason Mraz song. I love Twitch, but he clearly outdanced Alexie this number. She did well, but she was very little girlish and could have brought more to the table. I thought the routine was cute but nothing to brag about.
  8. Lauren Froderman and Ade Obayomi: I felt badly because the judges sort of ripped Lauren to shreds, and I can’t do that myself. Her technique was amazing, the Mandy Moore dance was cool, but I didn’t feel the two dancers connect in the piece.
  9. Kent Boyd and Anya Garni: Ballroom piece #2. This Kent kid is from the middle of nowhere, so it seems, and he really executed the dance well, especially for having no ballroom experience. Good job.
  10. Ashley Galvan and Neil Haskell: Tyce choreographed a contemporary routine for them that was beautiful, and they both performed it beautifully; however, as the second slower piece of the night, I didn’t feel touched in the same manner as Sonya’s and thus was feeling pretty “meh” about it. It was very good though.
  11. Robert Roldan and Courtney Galiano: What a great way to end the night! They performed an African jazz routine that looked impossibly hard, and Robert even looked better than “All Star” Courtney while doing it! Though I think he needs to neglect from “rar”ing after his performances, I was definitely impressed and am looking forward to seeing him perform in the future. In case you were wondering, he hails from Thousand Oaks, California, and danced with my lovely Alyssa! Crazy.

So You Think You Can Dance (Pre Ep 1)

Though I have watched zero of the auditions, I could not be more excited to see tonight’s So You Think You Can Dance ep! I am really glad they changed up the formula of the show because it was pretty boring last season. I loved the dancing but the formula was just tired! They are bringing back 12 favorite dancers from before to partner with the contestants, and I am looking forward to their returns to see how they’ve grown as dancers since they competed. I don’t have any favorites yet since I didn’t watch the auditions since I hate watching them ramble over bad performances and embarrassing people on TV. So hooray Twitch is back! As a former dancer, I tend to be rather critical of the show, so more to come later on how I feel about it!

Douchelord of the Day

PEREZ HILTON wins today’s douchelord of the day honors. I admit (rather shamefully) to reading his website, and sometimes I sort of giggle, but I’m equally appalled. He rags on Kristen Stewart incessantly, and quite frankly I’m bored of hearing it. The girl is awkward, so awkward, and you’re only making it worse by interpreting her lack of comfort with the media for being a brat. I don’t think she’s the best actress, but I don’t think she’s a total brat either- she just doesn’t enjoy being tracked every step of her life. Before Twilight, she’d acted but no one stalked her, and now she has no freedom. Then you proceed to call her a lesbian? If she is that’s her own business- so can you blame her for being annoyed? As a gay man all for gay rights, he should try giving people a little more respect with their own sexuality. I don’t think the media should out people… it just seems all types of wrong.

He isn’t so great with media or in person himself! And his morals seem a little skewed- posting photos of Miley’s crotch (she is a CHILD), Chuy from Chelsea Lately doing inappro things, and drawing *things* on all the photos he posts, along with cozying up to celebs and trashing them all at once.

Granted I poke fun at a lot of people on here too, but I think I do it in a little less offensive manner, no?

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